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Elliot Lee Richardson

Birthdate: (79)
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Peirson Richardson and Clara Lee Richardson
Husband of Anne Francis Richardson
Brother of Edward Pierson Richardson

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About Elliot Lee Richardson


Elliot Lee Richardson (July 20, 1920 – December 31, 1999) was an American lawyer and politician who was a member of the cabinet of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. As U.S. Attorney General, he was a prominent figure in the Watergate Scandal, and resigned rather than refuse President Nixon's order to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox. His resignation was part of the Saturday Night Massacre. (Note: click "Read More")


Richardson is the only individual to serve in four Cabinet-level positions within the United States government: Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1970 to 1973, Secretary of Defense from January to May 1973, Attorney General from May 24 to October 1973, and Secretary of Commerce from 1976 to 1977.

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Elliot Lee Richardson's Timeline

July 20, 1920
December 31, 1999
Age 79